We have a general enquiry email address for those considering home education and we endeavour to reply to you as soon as possible. In addition HEN members receive a complete list of regional contacts who are on the end of the phone or email to offer advice on the practical issues surrounding home educating in Ireland.
Our voluntary regional contacts can put you in touch with local families and provide details of meet-ups in your area. These meet-ups provide an opportunity for parents to get together and chat over coffee about all the mutually relevant topics associated with raising a family. It also gives children the chance to meet other home educating children and to chat and play together. HEN Ireland can provide insurance for these meet-ups.
Periodic newsletters are published for both adults and children. The newsletters are generated from articles and news submitted by our members about their experiences of home education, short stories, photographs and useful resources.
Meetings with Government Departments
As a recognised body HEN Ireland is in a position to meet with Education Welfare Services within Tusla to discuss relevant issues and new developments regarding home education in general. Tusla is the agency responsible for the registration of home educated children in Ireland. HEN Ireland does not have the resources to be officially involved in individual cases, however, our members find great support from asking advice from one another. HEN Ireland runs a private members only Facebook group to discuss relevant issues to families.
HEN Ireland organises an annual home educating conference/gathering. This is a residential event over the course of a weekend each summer. It can also be attended on a day by day basis. Members of HEN Ireland receive a discount to the gathering as well as being offered first refusal where places are limited.